21,000 Messages Make a Difference

Dear Advocates,

Over the course of the past year, you joined with fellow University of California advocates to urge Congress to pass robust and sustained funding for the federal agencies and programs important to UC. Throughout this process, UC advocates reached out to Congress more than 21,000 times.

It is in large part because of your efforts that we successfully secured funding for many of the university’s priorities.

Last month, Congress passed legislation to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year. While we were very disappointed that Congress did not reach agreement on protecting our nation’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, the final budget agreement was beneficial to many of the programs and agencies of importance to the university.

Funding for nearly all of UC’s education, research and health care priorities rose, including most student financial aid programs, and the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.

As we turn our attention to the next federal fiscal year, we will keep you posted on our efforts and hope you will join us in our continued advocacy.


Chris Harrington

Associate Vice President

UC Federal Governmental Relations

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